The role of the Steering Group is to advise on the strategic direction of the Centre, monitor the progress of activities against the agreed objectives and support the spread of the Enterprise Research Centre’s research. The Steering Group is chaired by Lucy Armstrong.

The ERC also have Advisory Panel members with a strong interest and stake in research on small and medium sized business growth. Members of the Advisory panel support us in shaping the key questions driving our research and scope of each project. They also help to distill implications for policy and practice and ensure the findings of ERC research are shared. 

If you are interested in becoming a panel member , please get in touch.

Christopher Haley

Head of New Technology & Startup Research, Nesta

Dr Christopher Haley is Head of New Technology & Startup Research at Nesta, the innovation foundation, where leads a number of programmes dedicated to improving business innovation and helping new technologies drive economic growth. He was formerly part of the Secretariat of the European Digital Forum, an initiative dedicated to empowering web entrepreneurs and growing Europe's digital economy, and directed the European Digital City Index project.

Henry Overman

Director, What Works Centre

Henry is Professor of Economic Geography in the Department of Geography and Environment at the London School of Economics and director of the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth. He was formerly director of the Spatial Economics Research Centre.

Jane Galsworthy

Director of Development, Oxford Innovation Services

Jane has been involved in the design and delivery of support for SMEs and entrepreneurs for over 15 years. She is part of the senior leadership team at Oxford Innovation and leads on design of practical support around growth, innovation and finance that helps ambitious businesses and start-ups to reach their full potential

Lee Hopley

Chief Economist, EEF

Lee Hopley has worked as an Economist at EEF for the past ten years. As Chief Economist she leads EEF’s work on the economy and industrial policy. This encompasses both macro-economic issues and matters relating to productivity and competitiveness.

Lucy Armstrong

Chief Executive ,The Alchemists - Steering Group Chair

Lucy is chief executive of The Alchemists. This business works with high growth mid-corporate businesses to accelerate their growth and success by focussing on shareholder and management development and succession.
She is chair of the Steering group of the Enterprise Research Centre.

Mike Spicer

Director of Research, BCC

Mike joined the BCC in February 2011 and became Director of Research and Economics in January 2014. He directs the BCC's policy research and survey programme. Mike represents the BCC externally on business policy and matters relating to local economic development.

Nida Broughton

Head of Economic Growth and Productivity, Behavioural Insights Team

Nida Broughton is Head of Economic Growth and Productivity at the Behavioural Insights Team, where she leads BIT's work programmes on applying behavioural insights to improving employee productivity, business support, market functioning and macroeconomic policy. Previously, she was Chief Economist at the Social Market Foundation, leading policy research on economic growth, public spending and employment.

Sonali Parekh

Head of Policy, Federation of Small Businesses

Sonali Parekh is the Head of Policy for the Federation of Small Businesses. She oversees the overall policy and research of the FSB’s Westminister Office. Sonali has led the FSB’s research programme on the impact of Brexit on small businesses.

Stephen Pegge

Managing Director, Commercial Finance , UK Finance

Stephen has been involved in banking and finance for SMEs and corporates for most of his 35 years in the industry. He is part of the senior executive team at UK Finance and leads on policy relating to Commercial Banking, Invoice Finance and Asset Based Lending and economics, data and research for the wider work of UK Finance, the leading financial trade association.

Tim Vorley

Deputy Director, Productivity Insights Network

Tim is Deputy Director of the ESRC funded Productivity Insights Network and leads the Innovation Caucus funded by Innovate UK/ESRC.